Johns Hopkins Medicine CME: Unraveling Medicare’s Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)


(This activity has been approved for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ )


2014 is the last year to qualify for an incentive to report quality measures to Medicare. Who can afford not to accept an extra half percent bonus on all of your Medicare payments? Half percent, not that big a difference? If you don’t participate?   Physicians suffer a 1.5% penalty. All of a sudden that half percent turns into a 2% swing resulting in a 3 – 5 thousand dollar loss per physician for most practices. Is the PQRS program more trouble than it is worth?   For the uninformed the answer is absolutely yes!

Target Audience

This online course has been prepared for any individual who works as a healthcare provider.  There are no prerequisites to participate.


Paul Gurny   M.B.A.   M.S.  Managing Director,  Essential Seminars for Physicians LLC., Senior Professional Instructor, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

David Joyce  M.D.   M.B.A.   Director of Educational Programs,  Essential Seminars for Physicians LLC.


After participating in this activity, participants will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Identify who is eligible for 2014 incentives.
  • Identify the best method for enrolling in the program.
  • Identify the most time efficient and successful reporting method.
  • Apply a road map through the myriad of government rules.
  • Use your incentive and avoid future financial penalties.
  • Change confusion into simplicity.
  • Practice management skills.

The video tutorial is divided into  20 - 30 minute segments to enhance the learning experience. It can be viewed on any smart device an unlimited number of times, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Total viewing time     (43:22)

Estimated time to complete the module and post-test     1 hour

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

JHU Faculty/Staff Only: If you are using your Tuition Remission Benefit or an ION budget, please complete this REGISTRATION FORM 8 2014  and return with appropriate payment processing form to OCME, Turner 20. Information can be found on-line at

Purchase this video tutorial

You may view this presentation on an unlimited basis using any smart device. It comes in 2 segments to accommodate a busy schedule.